The Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has tasks Members of the Financial Inclusion State Steering Committee (FISSCO) to redouble its efforts towards encouraging citizens of the State who are yet to open up an account with a financial institution to do so as to tap from the benefits associated with financial inclusivity.
Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi who stated this after receiving briefs from the steering Commitee of FISSCO observe that the 10,207 figures already enrolled in Account opening is abysmal to the 75,240 overall target in the State.
The SSG therefore challenge members of the Committee to brace up by ensuring that the wide gap in Account opening in the State is bridge for the benefit of the people especially those who are yet to open an account.
He said enrollment in account opening should not be tight to FISSCO week alone but that, the Committee should take advantage of the various Federal Government Social intervention Programmes and other strategies to boost the pool of enrollment.
Speaking earlier, the Special Adviser to the Gombe State Governor on Budget Planning and development Partners Co-ordination Dr.Isiyaku Mohammed stressed the importance of the Programme, maintaining that financial inclusion is one of the avenues of empowerment which is in line with the present administration priority to ensure that people especially women are better empowered.
The Secretary of FISSCO Audu Baba Isah said,Gombe State along with other states were selected by the Federal Government in 2019 to enrol 75,240 people into account opening.
He said they have engage 17 money Banks, 6 money market bank and 28 financial Banks for the exercise and have recorded a total of 10,207 across the 11 Local Government of Gombe State.
In his remarks the Branch Controller of the Central Bank of Nigeria Gombe, Shehu Alhaji Goringo said the Programme will not only benefit the State but the County in general.
He said when the citizen opens account they stand a better chance benefitting from government social empowerment programs which requires an account and BVN.
He thanked the SSG for his wise counsel and assured him that FISSCO will improve on the 10,207 figures already enrolled in Account opening in the State.
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